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Matterport introduces measurements in virtual tours

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Nicola Byrne

The 3D capture technology and data company has introduced measurements for its virtual tours.

The function will allow users to take and share measurements of rooms, windows, doors or furniture using a desktop or mobile. The mode will be available in Showcase, the firm’s web-based platform for exploring 3D spaces.

RJ Pittman, CEO at Matterport, said: “Measurement mode is an important step in our strategy to turn buildings into data and actionable insights. This new capability gives customers an invaluable tool for sharing vital information of spaces or objects within a Matterport digital twin. The potential for smarter space planning, utilisation and collaboration for the built world is enormous.”

Architecture, engineering and construction professionals will be able to share digital twins with stakeholders to review property measurements from any device, anywhere.

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Measurement mode also has the potential to increase efficiencies by reducing site visits by providing measurements online.

The tool also offers a selling point for agents and sellers by allowing prospective buyers or tenants to virtually measure and see if a space can accommodate their existing furniture, future design plans and more.

Andrew Knight, international data standards director at RICS, said: “The ability for technology to accurately measure, provide accurate information, and be used in a simple way has been game changing for a number of professions operating across the built environment.”

Matterport has plans to develop the mode even further in 2020, by using AI to automatically identify and measure features such as windows, doorways and ceiling heights – eliminating the need for basic manual measurements.

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